Can Dick Blumenthal Make AIG Execs Look Like Sympathetic Characters?

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 Given a chance to issue a press release, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today asked the federal government to block the payment of $100 million in so-called retention bonuses to those AIG Financial Services employees in Wilton.  Blumenthal sent a letter to federal Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, who has jurisdiction over executive compensation at bailed-out companies. […] [Read More]
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Capitolologists Take Note: Blumenthal, Bysiewicz, are as Far Apart as Possible

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Attorney general Dick Blumenthal, wyho yesterday indicated that Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz may need a court ruling on whether she’s had enough practice as a lawyer to be attorney general, is seated at one end of the four constitutional officers, and Bysiewicz is at the other, separated by Comtroller Nancy Wyman and Treasurer […] [Read More]
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Jodi Rell Calls for New Spirit of Bipartisanship in 2010 Session, but Disses Kermit the Frog (!!??!!)

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The governor kicked off the 2010 budget-adjustment session by asking Democrats, Republicans, even the courts, to be nice and work together. From the governor’s State-of-the-State speech:  ”One area where we see a large number of new start-ups of small businesses is in green technology and clean, renewable energy.  Kermit the Frog had it wrong all […] [Read More]
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Talk About Papering Over the Budget Crisis in an Election Year! One Word: Securitization

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If there ever was a word that obfuscates, it’s “securitization.” It’s a term for borrowing against future revenues. Nestled in Gov. Rell’s budget-adjustment proposals is $1.3 billion in securitization. OPM Secretary Bob Genuario just declined to give reporters details of the caper, which will be the subject of a joint announcement this afternoon between OPM and […] [Read More]
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Wondering Who’s Running for Congress?

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Check today’s list of bills in the Capitol mailboxes. The Blogster finds that Sen. Dan Debicella, R-Shelton, seems to be sponsoring many bills that could be translated to his run for the GOP nomination to challenge US Rep. Jim Himes in the Fourth District. Debicella has submitted legislation to “redefine” the state’s constitutional spending cap; […] [Read More]
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What’s This? Actual Legislation on the First Day of a Session?

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 There’s a bill in the hopper, for action today, to expand COBRA benefits and contribute more cash to distressed municipalities including Bridgeport, New Haven and Torrington. The Legislature will also increase funding for eight other towns and cities including Hartford, Newtown and Watertown. All of this would occur in the fiscal year that starts July 1. The governor’s office […] [Read More]
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Session Starts! It’s About Jobs! Let the Lobbying Continue!

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  Coincidental to the start of the Legislative session tomorrow the Office of State Ethics just released a report indicating that last year a total of  $38.6 million was spent on lobbying, with a relatively meager $24,284.68 going to public officials. The information is included in the OSE report called the “State of Lobbying.” It is available on the OSE’s […] [Read More]
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House and Senate Dems Can’t Yet Agree on “Fixes” for Campaign Finance, so Rell Offers Her Own

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Remember how majority Senate Democrats decided it was OK to create huge obstacles for minor parties to gain access to the ballot? It was nestled in that 2005 law that everyone patted themselves on the back about and was thrown out last year by US District ourt Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport. Anyway, it’s on […] [Read More]
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